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West Union Brothers Charged with Running Criminal Network

West Union Brothers Charged with Running Criminal Network

Two West Union brothers have been arrested for running a criminal network. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office says after a month long investigation, 24-year old Alexander Jans and 33-year old Adam Jans were charged with ongoing criminal conduct. Authorities say the brothers were investigated for running a criminal network that consisted of possessing and selling

Frank Talmadge – Ryan

Frank Talmadge,74, of Ryan, Iowa, died at his home on Monday, December 22, 2014. He was born on December 20, 1940, in Middletown, New York, the son of George and Ruth (Elliot) Talmadge. Frank graduated from Walkhill High School in 1957. He served honorably in the United States Marines from February 6, 1959 until September

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Car Ends Up in Buchanan County River

A car ended up in a Buchanan County river on Friday. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says Mitch Thompson of Independence was traveling east on Otterville Boulevard when he lost control near the Otterville River Access. His car ran down a river embankment and into the Wapsipinicon River. Authorities say since the river was frozen,


Zumbach Elected Assistant Senate Republican Leader

State Senator Dan Zumbach of Ryan has been elected an assistant Senate Republican leader by his colleagues. Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix has announced that Senator Zumbach will also serve as ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee and Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee when the Legislature convenes on January 12th. Zumbach, who is in


Dyersville Ambassadors Visit Goodwill and Country Junction

The Dyersville Chamber Ambassadors have been busy with visits these past couple months… The Ambassadors recently stopped by Goodwill to welcome them to Dyersville. The new Goodwill store is located in the former Conquest/Jebba’s Bar and Grill building on Fourth Street Southeast (just a block from downtown). Goodwill spent several hundred thousand dollars remodeling the


Two Injured in Linn County Accident

Two people were injured in an accident in Linn County Saturday night. The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at Highway 13 and Monticello Road around 7 pm. When emergency personnel arrived, they found a car driven by 24-year old Katrina Haferbecker of Oxford Junction on the shoulder of Highway 13 with extensive front-end

Flu Hospitalization Doubles in Recent Weeks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa health officials say the number of Iowans hospitalized for flu complications has more than doubled in recent weeks. Senior citizens in Iowa are being hit especially hard. A report released Friday by the Iowa Department of Public Health says more than half of Iowans being hospitalized for the flu

Merlyn “Butch” Briggman – Manchester

Merlyn “Butch” Briggman, 69, of Manchester, Iowa, died Friday, December 19, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids.  He was born on September 19, 1945, in Manchester,  the son of Dean and Elaine (Morris) Briggman.  Merlyn was raised and educated in the area, and was a 1964 Manchester High School graduate.   Butch served

Beverly J. Coulter – Independence

Beverly J. Coulter, 77 years old, of Independence, Iowa, died on Friday, December 19, 2014, at Prairie Hills Assisted Living in Independence.  She was born on February 25, 1937, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Edgar Ellsworth and Beulah Marie (Cole) Belzer.  She graduated from high school in Independence with the Class of 1955. 

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